Established patients are offered a link to our Athena Health patient portal. From this portal you can communicate with Dr. Cornfield, make appointments, cancel appointments, ask for presciption refills, fill out patient forms on line and a multitude of other servcies. PLEASE KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT TRULY OUR PREFERRED METHOD OF CONTACT, but rather a requirement as part of the government directive for change in healthcare. DR. CORNFIELD WILL ALWAYS WELCOME AND OPT FOR DIRECT PATIENT PHYSICIAN COMMUNICATION AND CONTACT. The portal is a complimentary tool not a replacement.
Surgery to repair a torn (ruptured) Achilles tendon is conducted on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. It involves making an incision or cut in the back of the leg above the heel to access the torn tendon. The tendon is then sewn back together. Surgery may be delayed for about one week after the rupture to let the swelling go down.
After surgery, a cast or walking boot is usually worn for six to 12 weeks. At first, the cast or boot is positioned to keep the foot pointed downward as the tendon heals. The cast or boot is then adjusted gradually to put the foot in a neutral position (not pointing up or down).
Specific gentle exercises (restricted motion) after surgery can shorten the time needed in rehabilitation.